Best place for gorilla trekking : Gorilla trekking is an extraordinary activity that involves tourists moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking is one of the popular activities that attracts big numbers of travelers and it’s done in three countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
Best place for gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking in Uganda
Uganda is one of the best places for gorilla trekking due to the fact that it’s famously known for harboring half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two national parks namely Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in southwestern part of Uganda.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda and its known for harboring the highest number of mountain gorillas and is a home of about 22 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors including Rushaga sector in the south, Buhoma sector in the north, Ruhija sector in the east and Nkuringo sector in the south.
Bwindi impenetrable national park also offers the adventurous gorilla habituation experience where the wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park is only carried out in Rushaga sector and visitors who engage in the habituation experience will be allowed to spend one hour with the gorillas.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes national park which is located in northwestern part of Rwanda in Musanze village. Volcanoes national park is a home of about 10 habituated gorilla families which are available for trekking daily.
Gorilla trekking in Congo
Gorilla trekking in Congo is done in two national parks namely Virunga national park which harbors the mountain gorillas and Kahuzi Biega national park which harbors the lowland gorillas. Virunga national park is located in eastern part of democratic republic of Congo and it’s a home of about 8 habituated mountain gorillas while Kahuzi Biega national park is located in eastern part of Congo near Bukavu town and it’s a home of about 5 habituated gorilla families which are available for trekking on a daily basis.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Volcanoes national park, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park can be done anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season there is less or little rainfall in the gorilla destinations therefore vegetation will be short which gives you an opportunity to view the mountain gorillas clearly and also the gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes gorilla trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery which makes trekking difficult.
Cost of a gorilla trekking permit
A gorilla trekking permit is a document or card that is issued to any visitor above the age of 15 years allowing him or her to visit a habituated gorilla family in either Uganda, Rwanda or Congo and spend one hour with the gorillas. Cost of a gorilla trekking permit vary according to the destination you wish to visit for example a gorilla trekking permit in Volcanoes national park Rwanda costs 1,500 USD per person for all nationalities, a gorilla trekking permit in Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park costs 400 USD per person for foreign non residents while a gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park costs 700 USD per person, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How to book a gorilla trekking permit
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Rwanda Development Board (RDB) or Virunga offices by contacting the head offices through email or telephone calls. Gorilla trekking trails can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Kibale Tours where you will contact us with the date, month, year and gorilla destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability on your preferred dates and if there are permits available, you will be asked to make a deposit. Once the payment has been made, we will be able to purchase the gorilla trekking permits on your behalf.
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo should however be accessed 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because they are competitive and usually get sold out quickly especially during the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments, you are advised to book in advance.
Gorilla trekking can either be done in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahing gorilla national park, Volcanoes national park, Virunga national park or Kahuzi Biega national park depending on your preference as each gorilla destination offers different experiences. For more information about the best place for gorilla trekking, you can contact us Kibale Tours or visit our website for various gorilla trekking packages.